Official Harbor Freight win or lose thread

Discussion in 'Garage' started by Erik G, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. GMCDAC

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    Good thread! I don't know where to start on HF tools, as half of all my stuff probably came from them. I've got a few of the tools mentioned previously like the stud gun (great tool) floor jacks etc. The only thing so far I'm not real big on are the metal recip saw blades and drill bits.

    I had one tire pressure gauge I tossed out that wasn't accurate, I think it was six bucks. One other fail but a GOOD fail was a 90* pneumatic die grinder ($9.99). I bought the grinder to cut factory tack welds on all the body mount bolts on my 1970 GMC Jimmy. I used a good cutting burr from a local welding shop for the bit. The grinder cut every weld I needed then when I wrenched the bit out of it the head just fell off of it! The threads where the head screws onto the main body stripped out. I did not feel bad at all about throwing that 10 buck tool away as it completed the job I bought it for!

    About 2 years ago I even re-powered my 1975 Massey-Ferguson garden tractor with a HF Predator 13 HP Honda clone engine. It has been pushing snow, mowing grass and pulling the garden trailer just fine on a lot less gas (and oil) than the 12 HP Tecumseh I removed. It wasn't a real easy swap but was well worth the effort.

    DAC

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    iamdub Too cold, too cold

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    That tractor is cool! I like what you did with the air filter. I've bought a handful of Honda clones from HF and they've all been great.
     
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    Thanks Chris, glad you like the tractor! The air filter is the stock element for this tractor's original engine, an HH120 Tecumseh. I have a bunch of new ones so I decided to try to use them on the new engine. That little chunk of sponge on the Predator engine wasn't a very impressive air filter for rough service.

    They really seem like good engines.

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    I'm waiting for someone to buy and review the new 3/8 cordless ratchet

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    This has been one of the best brithday presents I've ever gotten!

    WIN for sure.
    1250 lb. Capacity Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly
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    Yes... i need this x3
     
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    im not gunna front about it, almost all of my tools are HF. I had a mix of a few different brands before but i have never broken a HF socket, i have never broken a HF ratchet wrench. their cutting implements are crap (drill bits, cut off wheels etc) but the tools they go on are great. jacks, jack stands, tool boxes, impact, compressor, sockets, wrenches, air hoses, everything.

    ive built a lot of stuff in my garage using these tools successfully. the best part is even if i do break something, it doesnt cost me an arm and a leg to replace.

    the stuff i have that ISNT HF is a shorter list.
     
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    I have used a lot of the harbor freight tools but one of the best I have is the 1250 lb Vehicle Positioning Dolly Item # 62234. They are normally $89 ea. but have them on sale for $64.99 ea. in the sale catalog they mail out until 9/30/17. I use them to easily move all my cars and trucks with no help. WIN

    I have the old style also that is steel with the steel wheels and are about useless trying to move something by yourself. I finally bought a better set of wheels (non steel) and it helps,but you have to jack vehicle up to set it on the dollies .
     
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